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Upper Valley Dispatch

Felled Tree Causes Traffic Backup on I-89 North; All Lanes Now Reopened (Updated 5:20 p.m.)

UPDATE AT 5:20 P.M.: According to the New Hampshire Department of Transportation Twitter feed, all lanes are now reopened.  ∎ Lebanon — A tree has fallen across both northbound travel lanes of Interstate 89 just north of Exit 18. Vehicle traffic was reduced to one lane around 4:30 p.m. as cars maneuvered around the felled tree on the road’s shoulder. Emergency responders were on scene. ∎ Posted online Wednesday at 4:40 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

Weather Dampens July 4 Fireworks Plans in Hartford, Claremont

The stormy weather blowing through the region has led Hartford and Claremont to postpone their fireworks displays. Hartford’s festivities have been rescheduled for Saturday, July 5, at 5:30 p.m., at Kilowatt Park. Claremont’s celebration also has been moved to Saturday, at Monadnock Park, beginning at 6 p.m., with fireworks starting at about 9:15. The scheduled musical performer, Brooks Hubbard, has prior commitments for July 5. Efforts are underway to secure a replacement act.

Motorist Dies in I-89 Rollover After Traffic Backs Up Due to Downed Wires, Fire (Updated 1:20 p.m.)

Lebanon — One motorist is dead following an accident that occurred in traffic backups on Interstate 89 in Lebanon this morning.  State Police have not released the name of the driver, whose car rolled over and fell down an embankment along I-89 northbound near exit 18. Police said she had swerved to avoid traffic that was backed up on the interstate.  I-89 had been closed around 10 a.m. at exit 19 due to a brush fire caused by downed wires, according to the New Hampshire Department of

Dartmouth College Fires Men's Lacrosse Coach

Hanover — Dartmouth College has fired Andy Towers, its head men's lacrosse coach and a part of the program for the past 10 years. The 45-year old Towers, a former All-American player at Brown, had been with the Big Green for five years as an assistant before ascending to the head job in 2009. He had a year remaining on his contract. Towers said the decision to make a change came from athletic director Harry Sheehy and executive associate athletic director Brian Austin and that

Valley Visual: Lightning Bugs in Etna

Fireflies follow the contours of a field on a farm after sunset in Etna on Saturday, June 7. Valley News — Will Parson ∎ Originally posted to the Valley Visual blog. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

Readers React to Lebanon Fire Series, Share Memories from ’64

Last week, the Valley News published a three-day series marking the 50th anniversary of the downtown Lebanon fire of 1964, a significant turning point for the city. Midway through the series, we asked readers via our Facebook page to share their own memories. Many chimed in, ranging from folks who witnessed the fire firsthand to those who were just babies around the time that flames first flew. Here are two responses that stood out, edited for style. Read the full list of responses at our

Celebrity Sighting: ‘Maddie On Things’ Dog Visits Upper Valley

Talk about a celebrity sighting: It appears that Maddie, the rescued coonhound made famous by standing on top of things in Instagram photos, made a trip to our very own Royalton today! Take a look at today’s photo on her owner’s Instagram feed and read more about Maddie at her owner's websites, www.maddieonthings.com and www.whywerescue.com. ∎ Posted to the Upper Valley Dispatch blog Tuesday at 5:40 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

A Sampling of Speeches from Graduation 2014: ‘This Is the Part Where You Find Out Who You Really Are’

As the Upper Valley’s high school graduation season rolls to a close — Randolph Union High School will host its ceremony this evening — here’s a look back at some of the best lines from graduates’ speeches. Find our full list of graduation stories at the bottom of this page, browse graduation photo galleries on our Photos page, and view staff photographers' best of the rest in the upcoming edition of the Sunday Valley News. ∎ “The magnitude of our impact can only be measured

Newspaper Pages, Archival Photos From 1964 Tell the Stories of Lebanon Fire

Lebanon — When a massive fire broke out in Lebanon’s business district in June 1964, Valley News reporters and photographers rushed downtown to document the story. In 1984, the newsroom worked again to tell the tale, this time with the benefit of 20 years of distance (and an improved printing process, making for easier-to-read typeface). We have made electronic versions of both editions available for download as PDFs at the links below: ∎ Valley News, Saturday, June 20, 1964: Damage May Reach $3 Million As Worst

Martha Stewart Finds ‘Natural’ Partnership with King Arthur Flour

Norwich — As she mixed, stirred and kneaded, media magnate Martha Stewart talked animatedly about her methods and techniques while teaching a class this morning at the King Arthur Flour Baking Education Center. The class of 85 people watched and took notes as Stewart baked a flatbread, a breakfast cookie and a yeast fruit cake called a stollen. Famous for her crafts, cooking and home keeping — and a brief prison stint for obstruction of a government investigation into a stock sale in late 2001